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Maitland fast-tracked into Scotland squad

Published: 12:10PM Tuesday January 15, 2013 Source: ONE Sport/Reuters

  • Sean Maitland of the Crusaders (Source: Photosport)
    Sean Maitland of the Crusaders - Source: Photosport

Former Crusaders wing Sean Maitland has been named in Scotland's training squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

Maitland was born in Tokoroa and has played for New Zealand Maori, but qualifies for the Scottish side thanks to his grandparents who were born in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old gave up on his All Blacks dream last year and signed a contract with the Glasgow Warriors. Today he was named as one of 10 uncapped players in the 35-man training squad named by Scotland's interim coach Scott Johnson.

Injured internationals Chris Cusiter, Nick De Luca, John Barclay, Ross Rennie, Scott Lawson and Jon Welsh were also invited to join the squad as they recover from injuries while forward Alasdair Strokosch will miss the January 20-23 camp with his wife expecting their second child.

"This squad is for our training camp in Glasgow next week and we still have the option to add to it for the Six Nations," Johnson said on the Scottish Rugby website today.

Scotland, who finished bottom last year, begin their Six Nations campaign away against England on February 2.

Squad (*denotes uncapped):

Backs: Peter Murchie*, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland*, Tommy Seymour*, Sean Lamont, Tim Visser, Max Evans, Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar* Peter Horne*, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson, Tom Heathcote, Henry Pyrgos, Sean Kennedy*, Greig Laidlaw

Forwards: Alasdair Dickinson, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Pat MacArthur*, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Geoff Cross, Moray Low, Alastair Kellock, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Grant Gilchrist*, Kelly Brown, Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson*, Johnnie Beattie, David Denton, Richie Vernon, Chris Fusaro* (Writing by Tom Pilcher, editing by Mark Meadows)

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